On August 10, Dango Nguyen, former firefighter and actor from Walking Dead, died after a long battle with leukemia. Nguyen, who is also known for his stage name Dango Nu Yen, portrayed the extra and stuntman of the Mean Guard character in Walking Dead.

Aside from Walking Dead, he also had roles in different TV shows like The Originals and Banshee.

However, before he even began acting, Nguyen spent 20 years serving as a firefighter at the Athens-Clarke Fire Department. “He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength,” a post from the fire department, which honored Nguyen, said.


“He was an aggressive and tenacious firefighter and first responder,” the post continued. “He carried out his service to our community with a high level of pride in his craft, as well as a competitive spirit that made everyone else that he work with better too.”

Kind words about Nguyen were not only posted by his former co-workers and current firefighters but also posted by his friends in the entertainment world too. The Official Instagram account of the Stunt Performers of Color also shared a post dedicated to Nguyen.

“It is with a HEAVY heart that we lost one of our own this morning!” the caption of the post began. “He lost his battle. Dango Nguyen was an incredible and talented human being! He will be missed.”

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